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Mornin', folks - just a few minutes on Youtube of part of a steam-up the guys had yesterday at one member's track in Kochijoji, SW Tokyo metropolitan area.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=HABBK2UgW3I

Apologies for the less-than-spectacular quality, but you'll get the idea, I'm sure.

For Mr Pullen, the Duchess you see steaming around with a consist of Southern green passenger coaches is NOT the Aster version, but a totally scratch-built version made by Yana-san. As you can imagine, he was quite rueful about the appearance of the Aster version just a year or so after he completed his model!

I have been lucky enough to visit this track on my days off in Tokyo, along with Zubi, and I can tell you that our Japanese live-steamers are, if anything, more enthusiastic than we are. One of the members has one of each Aster model ever built, sometimes in multiples - one of each road number Big Boys - electric, alcohol and coal-fired and a selection of H-6's....and one of each of the British A4 streamliners, too.

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Hello Terry. Great looking lay out. The scratch built Duchess is amazing. With all the Asters that those guys own I think that I would be in sensory over load if I could ever run with them. :)/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/wow.gif:)
 

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So, there are upsides to the downside of having to travel and work in Japan: live steam meets!!
 

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Yo Charles - the upsides of having to travel to Japan to work are enormous!!!

The downsides, as always, is the mighty anti-climax of coming back to the garbage pit that is London Heathrow Terminal 3..../DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/cry.gif

Plus over there in my office, I have 75Mbs broadband, and here I am lucky if it hits 1.25Mbs.

Plus the Tenshodo train store, and the parks, and the sights and sounds and the great people I am lucky enough to work with...../DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/laugh.gif

And the train coupons they give me for for the privilege of working there.:) /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/whistling.gif

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I should have know that there was more to it given you continue with the work/travel...

I guess I'll learn some more relative to "parks, and the sights and sounds and the great people" with my oldest son Matt travel to Japan at the beginning of May for 20 days.

Thanks for the video post.
 
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